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Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at www.heritageopendays.org.uk for last-minute changes.
70 Goodramgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7LF
York's finest medieval treasure - tucked away from the busy streets and filled with 15th-century stained glass, 17th-century box pews and some of the wonkiest floors in England! Visit us on Heritage Open Days and talk to specialists in medieval stained glass, historical Anglican church seating, chantry chapels and even gas lights. There's something for everyone interested in church history. There will also be a guided tour through some of York's historic streets to our other medieval treasure at St. Lawrence's, just outside the city walls, with its magnificent 12th-century doorway. Guided tours for all ages.
Access Information: Wheelchair ramp into church.
Directions: In York city centre, off Goodramgate; King's Square and Shambles 200 yards. Nearest railway station: York (0.5 mile). Bus route number 14A.
Fishergate Postern Tower, Piccadilly, York, North Yorkshire
Volunteer guides will show you around the 500 year old tower, where the Postern Gatekeeper lived with his family. Visitors can climb the narrow spiral staircase to see the rooms on three floors with a garderobe, mullioned windows, timber roof, battlements, look-out tower and mason's marks. Children take great delight in climbing the stairs and exploring the tower - it's safe, but care is needed and adults must take responsibility for children.
Access Information: Access for all to the ground floor. Access to upper floors is via a spiral staircase and is not suitable for anyone with mobility limitations or fear of confined spaces.
Additional Information: Fishergate Postern Tower is opened on occasions by the Friends of York Walls. Information on York's walls is available on their website.
Directions: Fishergate Postern Tower is at the junction of Piccadilly and Fishergate, on the south side of the city centre.
Bootham School, 45 Bootham, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 7BU
Bootham School has had an observatory and encouraged young astronomers for over 160 years. Come and explore the current observatory, which was opened in 1902.
Booking Details: Please pre-book the tours. Contact: Jenny Orwin Call: 01904 623261 Email: Jenny.Orwin@boothamschool.com
Access Information: Access to the observatory is very restricted, including a narrow and steep staircase.
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/session.
Directions: Please meet in the Recital Room, entry is via the front door of Number 45 Bootham.
Holy Trinity Church, Little Ouseburn, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 9TD
The Anglo-Saxon Church will be open with a display, and the Mausoleum will also be open with a downstairs (not suitable access for wheelchiars) On the Saturday - there will be a guided Bronte walk leaving the Church at 10.30am - 1.00pm (Booking essential) On the Saturday - there will be light refreshments in the Church from 12.30pm and a Bronte talk will start at 2.00pm - 3.00pm There will be a quiz for children of objects to find in the Church and the walk is suitable for children but not pushchairs
Booking Details: Main site free to explore but the walk should be pre-booked Contact: Ann Gawthrope Call: 01423 330177 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Write to: Plantation House, Back Lane, Little Ouseburn, York YO26 9TH Booking opens: 1 September 2014 08:00 Booking closes: 12 September 2014 17:30
Access Information: The mausoleum is open but to gain access to the downstairs is not suitable for wheelchairs and children will need to be supervised
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session.
Directions: Go to the end of the village - turn left and you will see the Church/Mausoleum on your left
York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7PB
On Saturday, there will be chances to view the building and hear talks about the restoration of the project and get to enjoy the surroundings. On Sunday there will be talks about the building techniques, geology of the site, historical information and activities for children too.
Directions: Howsham Mill is between York and malton. If you come off the A64 at barton-le Willows and follow the signs for Howsham. At Stone Bridge and the carpark is opposite the entrance to Howsham Hall.
Treasurer's House, Minster Yard, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7JL
Visit one of York's hidden gems. Home to Frank Green, a fascinating wealthy industrialist who owned the house from 1897-1930. Find out why the furniture hasn't moved since... Discover stories of Royal visits, Roman ghosts and 2000 years of history. Relax in the free to enter garden, enjoy lunch in the historic setting of the Below stairs cafe. Free children's trail available.
Access Information: Ramp access to reception only in house, full wheelchair access in garden.
Directions: Located in the heart of York, just behind York Minster.
Station Road, Upper Poppleton, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 6QA
The Poppleton Community Railway Nursery (P.C.R.N) - now a registered charity - was set up to restore the former railway nursery at Poppleton station for working use: the buildings, greenhouses and narrow gauge railway. The nursery is a souvenir of the days when the railways were self sufficient and it contains several historic buildings, still connected by its own small railway system. Visit the greenhouses, plant sales and enjoy refreshments. Model Railway. Heritage Trail guide to the site, including children's quiz and "colour your own train", in preparation.
Access Information: Limited access and facilities.
Additional Information: Poppleton Community Railway Nursery has a partnership with health agencies in the York area, which has long found horticultural skills training to be therapeutic for adults recovering from mental health crises. For these volunteers the benefits of working at the nursery include improvements in confidence and self-esteem, social development through working alongside a range of different people and the opportunity to make new friends and build new relationships. It also helps them to learn about aspects of growing plants, simple DIY skills and could help to enhance their future career prospects
Directions: We are adjacent to Poppleton Railway Station, on the York to Harrogate line. Our site entrance is off the station car park.
Red Tower, Foss Islands Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO10 4BH
Red Tower was built in 1492 to guard the point where the city walls ended and defence was provided by the flooded river Foss, known as the Kings Fishpond. The tower was badly damaged in the Siege of York in 1644 and was largely reconstructed in 1857, when the tiled roof was added. Inside, there is one ground floor room, with another room above.
Access Information: Access is mainly to the ground floor room, but visitors will be able to look through a hole in the first floor and see part of the upper room and roof.
Additional Information: More information may be found on the Friends of York Walls website.
Directions: Opposite Quickfit and Waitrose in Foss Islands Road, on the east side of the city centre
York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1AQ
The Bar Convent, is the oldest living convent in England and the first school for girls. Founded in 1686 the convent offers visiotrs the opportunity to: ~Learn of our fascinating past. Our museum tells the story of the early recusant period from Henry VIII to Elizabeth and the Convent's role in York's early history. These were dangerous times for Catholics, where detection could ultimately end in execution~Visit our beautiful 18th Century Chapel. The Convent contains a beautiful 18th century chapel, with a neoclassical dome concealed beneath a pitched slate roof. It has 8 entrances to aid escape in the event of a magistrate's raid and a unique priest hole hidden in the Chapel floor. ~Explore our Grade 1 listed building. Parts of the original building were replaced during the 18th century with the magnificent Georgian facade and structure we see today~Eat, enjoy and relax! Enjoy a freshly cooked lunch or coffee and home baking in our cafe and tranquil garden.
Stained Glass Centre, St Martin cum Gregory, Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6LN
Another opportunity to visit one of York's most beautiful secret buildings and learn about the art and craft of stained glass. An ancient church crammed with treasures that is now a national centre for exploring and understanding the glittering world of stained glass and fine craftsmanship. There will be tours of the Centre, craft and art stalls, and demonstrations. There will be exhibitions and films presenting the work of modern stained glass artists. Please join us in this breathtaking Grade I building for family-friendly activities, including games, crafts, quizzes and an opportunity to try your hand at glass painting.
Access Information: This medieval church has minor uneven floors. One or two low steps at entrance door and to toilets.
Additional Information: Stained Glass Centre is a registered Charity no 1119401
Directions: Just a short walk from the York Rail Station. Situated across from the George Hudson Street bus stop. Located at the foot of Micklegate Quarter and Ouse Bridge. A perfect stop on your walk into the City.